Barcelona : Ahead of one of the biggest football clash, FC Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman backed his side to win all their remaining games in La Liga this season.
Barcelona secured a 1-0 victory over Real Valladolid during their last game, inspite of not a good show on the field all thanks to a stoppage-time winner from Ousmane Dembele. The Catalans struggled to control the game, despite Real Valladolid being reduced to ten men with eleven minutes to go before full time.
Barcelona currently occupy second place in the La Liga table, just one point behind leaders Atletico Madrid. Next they face Real Madrid away from home, having lost the first leg, they will be looking for redemption. Although, Real Madrid would be a tricky opponent to defeat who are pumped after defeating Liverpool in UEFA Champions League quarter finals.
Atletico Madrid’s shaky form in recent weeks, along with the resurgence of Barcelona under Ronald Koeman, has led the Dutchman to believe that his side can win all of their nine remaining games this season. He told the media,”The team is capable of winning the games we have left but today was also a reminder that you always have to be at your very best and you have to be clinical. We weren’t feeling fresh today, maybe because of the international break, but if we get back to how we were before then we’re capable of winning all of our games.”
“We didn’t make a great start to the game but we improved in the second half, we changed the system and made some substitutes and were a lot better. You have to give credit to the team for their mentality as they were always on the lookout for the three points,”said addressing the shaky performance of his team against Valladolid.